Your pet's oral health is an important part of your cat and dog's general well-being. Of course, your cat and dog may have different dental needs depending on the breed, age or size. Fortunately, we sat down with Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Sarah Nold to learn more about what you need to know about cat and dog dental care and tips for keeping your best friend healthy and happy.
Cat and dog dental care
Health can come in all forms for your hairy friends. It can also mean that you take care of your pet's teeth and gums daily. Whether you have a puppy, a kitten or an adult pet, it is important to examine proper dental care right from the start. Nold points out what to keep in mind when starting your pet's dental regimen.
“Dental care includes regular oral examinations and dental care is important for the prevention and treatment of dental diseases. If problems are detected before they become more advanced, they are more likely to be reversible with treatment. When dental disease develops, it can affect other organs in the body, including the liver and kidneys. While home care options such as toothbrushing and chewing help control plaque and the development of calculus, it is rarely enough in itself. It is still recommended to visit your veterinarian to have your teeth and gums checked frequently.
Consider talking to your veterinarian about a dental regimen and when you should start brushing your pet's teeth. They can help you get your pet on a proper schedule and provide tips on what to expect with your hairy family member.
What to look for in your cat and dog's oral health
You may have questions regarding your pet's dental health. For example, how do you know if something else is happening to your best friend? After all, your pets may not always tell you if they feel sick. Nold breaks down what to look for when it comes to your hairy friend's teeth, mouth and gums.
Consider the following:
- Bad breath
- Red gums
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Chewing difficulties
- Decreased appetite
Oral health problems can occur for several reasons. If your pet experiences any signs of discomfort, take your pet to the vet. They can help determine the cause of your pet's pain and recommend a treatment plan.
Causes of dental health problems for pets
Just like in humans, dental health can be linked to other health conditions. Proper oral health can affect your pet in many different ways. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, "Periodontal disease is the most common dental remedy in dogs and cats – when your pet is three years old, he or she will most likely have some early evidence of periodontal disease."
Nold points out some of the dental health problems that can come your best friend.
“Some causes of dental health problems in dogs and cats that are often affected by genetics may include retained baby teeth, narrow teeth, crooked teeth, misalignment of the teeth or abnormal bite. Diet and your pet's general health are also a factor in the development of your pet's dental disease. Other problems that may need to be addressed are also tooth resorption, broken teeth and mouth masses. It is also important to note that home care focuses on preventing the development or development of dental disease, it will not treat your pet's dental disease that already exists.
Trupanion claims data
We sat down with the Trupanion data team to get a further look at your dog's and cat's health in terms of pet claims. Even if you do not always think of your pet's teeth as something that can be expensive, check out this list of statistics from the team.
Consider the following:
- The average annual cost of a broken tooth in a dog: $ 700 – $ 900
- Broken teeth are the 10 highest driver for veterinary costs for dogs
- Older pets spend 3-4 times as much on dental care as young pets
- Cats spend 34% less than dogs on dental requirements
- Small dogs spend 40% more on dental requirements than other dogs
Dog breeds and dental health
While each dog is differently, some dog breeds may be more prone to pet health than others. For example, “Some dogs and cats, especially those that are rabid and teacups, have a much higher risk of developing dental disease and at a younger age. For that reason, they often require additional dental care, says Nold. Take a look at some of the dog breeds that most commonly claim dental disease.
Top dog breeds for dentistry:
Your pet may need dental care when you least expect it
“ The little biscuit decided that 2020 was the year to randomly appear with dental problems. I mean, I understand, I think we all felt it was the longest year of our lives. Some overgrown gum tissue removal, two extractions, three fillings and a $ 1,871 replacement later – you could say we'm pretty happy that Mo's is covered by Trupanion.
For more information on Cosmo's story, read here.
Tips for Keeping Your Dog and Cat's Teeth Healthy
Talk to Your Veterinarian
If you have any questions about your pet's dental care, talk to your veterinarian. They can help with tips, recommendations and give you best practices when it comes to your cat or dog's dental health.
Brushing your pet's teeth daily
Although brushing your pet's teeth may not be easy, it can be beneficial to your cat and dog's general health. Consider starting slowly, taking breaks and providing pets to help you have a positive experience. and clean. First, to get started, you will need a pet toothbrush, pet toothpaste, and chews. A pet finger brush is also another option to consider if a regular pet toothbrush does not work for your best friend. , you may want to be aware of what things you give to your hairy friends. After all, the last thing you want is for your puppy to have a broken tooth! As for your puppy or kitten, they may need specific toys to encourage safe chewing and play. Think of softer materials for puppies, but nothing that they can eat or chew apart. For an additional resource for pet-safe chew toys, check out this guide.
Cat and dog dental care is beneficial for your pet's lifetime
Whether this is the first time you are brushing your puppy's teeth or you are an experienced professional when it comes to your adult dog or cat, proper dental care is important for pets in all ages. But by talking to your veterinarian, sticking to your pet's treatment plan and providing a soothing and positive environment for toothbrushing, your cat and dog will have a perfect smile in no time!
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